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Random bits of news from the Dickerson lab and related venues...

  • October 2013: Our new scale, the Social Impairment Rating Scale (SIRS), was published. Contact us for information on how to use it. The study led by our MD/PhD medical/graduate student, Kevin Bickart, demonstrated atrophy in particular brain networks in FTD in association with impairment in specific domains of social behavior. This study was done in collaboration with my close colleague Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett.
  • October 2013: My colleague and friend Dr. David Wolk and I analyzed ADNI data and found that CSF biomarker measures and our AD-signature MRI cortical thickness measure provide complementary information in predicting decline in patients with MCI, as reported in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.
  • September 2013: A basic science functional neuroanatomy study of the large-scale network-level organization of the human temporal pole was published in Cerebral Cortex, led by our former post-doc Dr. Belen Pascual.
  • August 2013: We began conducting T807 tau PET imaging in Frontotemporal Dementia spectrum disorders.
  • May 2013: The reliability of the new diagnostic criteria for bvFTD were demonstrated by our multi-center collaborative group, as reported in Neurology in a study led by Dr. Lamarre.
  • April 2013: My collaborator Dr. Feldman Barrett and I reported with our team that affective experience during the viewing of emotional pictures was associated with different patterns of activation within the brain (measured with fMRI) between men and women. See the study in SCAN, led by our post-doc Dr. Joe Andreano, for details.
  • March 2013: Our new findings were published in Neuroimage on the cortical signature of normal aging, which is very distsinct from that of AD and clearly demonstrates that AD is different than aging, although there is at least some spatial overlap in these processes.
  • March 2013: "I'm beginning to be a believer in familiarity-based memory measures as a dissociable indicator of early AD." I said this to my close collaborator Dr. Wolk when we found the relationship between this behavioral measure and my cortical thickness measure of AD pathology, the AD signature. Our paper in Neuropsychologia provides the details of this study.
  • Jan 2013: Our case report with Drs. Daffner and Perez and colleagues highlight a variant of Primary Progressive Aphasia not described in the new diagnostic criteria.
  • December 2012: The Posterior Cortical Atrophy working group paper was published, summarizing our discussion of priorities for research in this underserved area at the AAIC meeting in Vancouver, July 2012.
  • October 2012: Our new findings were published in Journal of Neuroscience showing that functional conne$ the amygdala and key regions in large-scale brain networks subserving perceptual and reward-related behavi$ size of healthy adults' social networks.
  • December 22 2011: Our new work on the Alzheimer-signature MRI biomarker was featured in more than 20 news outlets, including the Boston Globe, ABC News, CBS News, the Huffington Post, Medscape News, and Alz Forum. Read the scientific paper under the publications link.
  • Fall 2011: Dr. Poulin, formerly in our group, investigated the amygdala in Alzheimer's disease and found a surprising amount of shrinkage, raising the possibility that this may contribute to a variety of symptoms, particularly including changes in emotional processes, in the disease. Read about it in publications.
  • Summer 2011: Dr. McGinnis in our group published a paper on the topography of age-related cortical thinning in relation to normal brain development. Read about it in publications.
  • To read our April 2011 paper on detection of Alzheimer-related brain shrinkage in cognitively normal adults who develop AD dementia nearly a decade later, click on publications.
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  • Click here to read about the news regarding the use of spinal fluid tests to assist in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, including a here to read about the newly proposed revised criteria for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, including a NP$ interview with Dr. Dickerson.
  • Click here to read about our new research on the effects of different types of the APOE gene on the cognitive and anatomic expression of mild Alzheimer's disease, which was featured in a recent paper in PNAS.
  • Click here to read about our new research on large-scale functional brain networks and memory, including a new paper published in the journal Hippocampus.
  • Click here to read more about our studies on high resolution imaging of the human hippocampus, published as a special issue in the journal Hippocampus.
  • Click here to read about our paper on the "Cortical signature of Alzheimer's disease, featured in the March 2009 issue of Cerebral Cortex This article was selected as a Faculty of 1000 Medicine article--read about it here.
  • Click here to read more about our ongoing studies on frontotemporal dementias, primary progressive aphasia, posterior cortical atrophy, and related disorders.
  • Spring 2011
  • To read our new paper on detection of Alzheimer-related brain shrinkage in cognitively normal adults who develop AD dementia nearly a decade later, click on publications.
  • Winter 2010-2011
  • Click here to read about our ongoing work on the amygdala. Our new paper in Nature Neuroscience was featured by many media outlets.
  • Fall 2010
  • New research from the lab was presented by Daisy Sapolsky, Aly Negreira, Kimi Domoto-Reilly, Belen Pascual, Mike Brickhouse, Mark Hollenbeck, and Liang Wang at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego.
  • Summer 2010
  • Click here to read about the news regarding the use of spinal fluid tests to assist in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, including a NECN TV interview with Dr. Dickerson.
  • Click here to read about the newly proposed revised criteria for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, including a NPR-Boston interview with Dr. Dickerson.
  • We had an excellent 2010 Summer brain camp, with students at a variety of levels. Thanks to Aly Negreira, Mike Brickhouse, and Daisy Sapolsky in particular for coordinating an outstanding learning session.
  • Spring 2010
  • Click here to read about our new research on the effects of different types of the APOE gene on the cognitive and anatomic expression of mild Alzheimer's disease, which was featured in a recent paper in PNAS.
  • Winter 2009-10
    • We said a fond farewell to Drs. Lucille Pellerin and Stephane Poulin; both will be missed as they return to France and Canada to resume their activities after productive fellowships with our lab.
    • New research was presented at Massachusetts Alzheimer's Disease Research Center annual meeting
    • One of the world's most famous neurologic patients, H.M., passed away at age 82.
    • Click here to read about our new research on large-scale functional brain networks and memory, including a new paper published in the journal Hippocampus.
  • Fall 2009
    • New research was presented at the Society for Neuroscience by Aly Negreira, Daisy Sapolsky, Jon Dashkoff, Akram Bakkour, and others affiliated with the lab.
    • We participated in an outstanding Fall Charles River Association for Memory meeting at MIT focused on frontal lobe contributions to memory.
    • The MGH FTD Unit sponsored and organized the First Annual Boston area FTD Caregivers' Conference.
  • Click here to read more about our studies on high resolution imaging of the human hippocampus, published as a special issue in the journal Hippocampus.
  • Summer 2009
    • New article published on the ultra-high resolution structural imaging of the human hippocampus."
    • We had an excellent 2009 Summer brain camp, with students at a variety of levels. Thanks to Akram Bakkour, Aly Negreira, and Daisy Sapolsky in particular for coordinating an outstanding learning session.
    • We said a fond farewell to Akram Bakkour as he went off to grad school, and to Jon Dashkoff as he went off to med school. We welcomed back Pete LaViolette, who joined us to do some outstanding research work this summer.
  • Click here to read about our paper on the "Cortical signature of Alzheimer's disease, featured in the March 2009 issue of Cerebral Cortex This article was selected as a Faculty of 1000 Medicine article--read about it here.
  • Spring 2009
    • Spring CRAM meeting
    • American Academy of Neurology meeting
  • Fall 2008
  • Summer 2008
  • Spring 2008
    • Spring CRAM meeting
    • American Academy of Neurology meeting
  • Winter 2007-2008
    • Mass. ADRC annual research symposium
  • Fall 2007
  • Summer 2007